Research Guide: Growers vs. Workers Group
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Research Model: Esperanza Rising
Essential Question: How does an understanding of the historical and cultural
background of Esperanza Rising enhance your reading of the novel?
Research to be completed by:
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Research Team Members (assigned or approved by your teacher):
Group Controlling Question: How did farm workers react to their working and
living conditions? How did the labor movement affect farm workers in the 1930s?
How did the owners or growers react to the labor movement?
Subsidiary Questions: Starter questions are listed below. You may want to brainstorm
additional questions about your topic using Who, What, When, Where, Why, or How as
1. Why did many Mexican citizens migrate to the U.S. during the 1930s?
2. What prejudices did they encounter once they were there?
3. What caused some of the immigrants working on California farms in the 1930s to strike? What did
4. What time of year did they choose to strike? Why?
5. What is a farm workers' union? Why was it formed?
6. How did the growers/farmers/owners of the farms react to these unions and strikes?
7. What were immigration sweeps? Why were they used? What is voluntary deportation?
8. What are some examples of incidents that occurred because of this grower vs. worker conflict?
9. How might you represent this difference in attitudes and beliefs between the two groups on a
Keywords: List specific keywords related to your topic and subsidiary questions. Some
examples have been provided:
farm workers’ strikes labor movement 1930s migrant workers’ rights
protest voluntary deportation farm workers' union
Notes: Use the note-taking organizer below to record main ideas and key details about each subsidiary
question (scroll down to the next page).
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each subsidiary question at the top of a separate sheet of notebook paper or lined index card.
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must paraphrase this information before including it in your research project to avoid
plagiarism! Remember also to cite your sources!
Don’t forget to record your sources on your source cards or source worksheets.